Fairbanks man’s body found in Chena River search
A search this month for a Fairbanks man missing on the Chena River has reached a tragic end this week.
Alaska State Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said the body of 26-year-old Jerry Attla was recovered from the river near Fairbanks on Thursday.
A trooper dispatch Friday said Attla's body was found near the mouth of the Chena and Tanana rivers. The remains will be sent to the state medical examiner's office in Anchorage for an autopsy.
Attla’s family had requested a May 31 welfare check on Attla after they hadn’t seen him for some time. A troopers helicopter had helped conduct a search along the river, during which some of Attla’s possessions were found near Steelhead Road, but those efforts during the first week of June were “inconclusive.”
Attla is the second missing man to be found dead this month on a Fairbanks waterway, after 27-year-old ATV rider Junior Leota’s body was recovered from the Chatanika River.
In the Mat-Su, the Matanuska River claimed three lives near Palmer last week. Amanda Lange, 29, and her 5-year-old son Gabriel fell into the river at Matanuska River Park, and 64-year-old Fairbanks skydiver James Howard landed in the river after his main chute deployed late and he was blown into the river.
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